Shannalei Ankle

LCSW

About Me

​I know from experience that asking for help and talking to someone can be difficult, especially when we talk about the messages and pressure we receive culturally and socially. I want you to know that you do not have to walk alone through your journey. I believe the therapeutic relationship is a partnership, and we will work on your identified goals collaboratively. 

Hi, my name is Shannalei Ankle and I am so happy you are here. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I obtained my Bachelor’s in Social Work from Adelphi University in Long Island, NY in 2014 and my Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College in New York in 2015.

My experience includes working with children, youth, families, and adults; however, my true passion is working with youth, specifically middle to high school age. I have been working with this age group since 2015 in different settings. I have worked in after school programs, outpatient wraparound services and in the school system. I genuinely enjoy the opportunity to offer guidance and clinical support to individuals transitioning through sensitive and growing stages of life. I can see the profound and positive impact counseling can have on managing anxiety, struggles with self-image, socialization, communication, depression, loss and exposure to trauma for this age group.

I use integrative methods that allow services to be tailored to each client according to their individual needs. I use a combination of Psychoanalysis, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Behavior Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy and Faith based counseling.

I am a bilingual therapist who speaks Spanish fluently.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Attachment Issues , Body Image , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

FL LCSW SW18826


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Shannalei Ankle. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with Teen Counseling might be different.

Written by V.A. on Sep 07, 2022 after therapy with Shannalei for 10 months

Amazing and understanding therapist, she’s very attentive to my child’s need. I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Written by G.I. on Jul 08, 2022 after therapy with Shannalei for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

Shannalei has been amazing! I’ve always known the value of therapy but prior to matching with her, it had “never worked”. It hasn’t been easy but she has pushed me, in a good way, to examine my thinking and approach to life. She is understanding, non judgemental, a great listener, and appropriately challenges you. She has helped me gain tools to better navigate life. I would highly recommend her

Written by H.A. on Apr 20, 2022 after therapy with Shannalei for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

After a couple of bad experiences with therapy, Shannalei filled me with hope from the first session! She is so warm and ready to celebrate even your smallest wins with you. She is professional and honest, and willing to push you when needed. I trust her completely.

Written by B.R. on Jan 31, 2022 after therapy with Shannalei for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

She is sick a fun and sweet therapist. He energy and caring personality was shown just through the first session. I would absolutely recommend her especially for younger clients such as teens. She makes you feel welcomed and is honest and just wants the same honesty back. When opening up to her you’re likely to be comforted and shown wellness to be helped

Written by E.M. on Jan 25, 2022 after therapy with Shannalei for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

I’ve had numerous poor experiences with therapists and really never thought I would find success in therapy. Shannalei changed that for me within one session. She’s made me feel so comfortable and made it easy for me to open up about things I’ve been packing down for decades. She’s warm, understanding, supportive and has helped me to make impactful changes in my life. I would highly recommend Shannalei.

Written by A.U. on Jan 17, 2022 after therapy with Shannalei for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, coping with life changes, adhd, and anger management

Shannalei is an excellent professional, knowledgeable, and kind; we connected immediately. She is sweet, understanding, and flexible. If you want an empowering therapist that can help you dig deeper into your motives behind life decisions, this is the person you want. Thank you, Shannalei!

Written by D.A. on Dec 31, 2021 after therapy with Shannalei for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

She is a really great professional. You can feel she is all the time strongly involved on listening to you. Every time after session she checked out how are you feeling. She makes you feel calm and as if you were talking to a friend.

Written by K.U. on Oct 20, 2021 after therapy with Shannalei for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

My very 1st therapy session ever! Ms. Ankle was knowledgeable when it came to technical insights regarding what may have caused my present dilemmas yet she was also, at the same time, comfortable to share my experiences with as she is also a great listener. <3

Written by M.A. on Oct 19, 2021 after therapy with Shannalei for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

After my initial meeting with Shannalei, I felt so relieved. I felt like a I was sharing my life experiences and troubles with someone who was on my side. Ready to listen, empathize, encourage and help when needed. She asks relevant and helpful questions to prompt further self exploration, and in a way that is supportive.

Written by I.K. on Oct 05, 2021 after therapy with Shannalei for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Love shannalei and her ability to really zone in on what the problem is and help you understand how to overcome. The best !

Written by L.I. on Oct 04, 2021 after therapy with Shannalei for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Shannalei is very proffesional, kind, helpful and compassionate. I would recommend Shannalei highly to anyone.

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